As 2019 comes to close, it is time for review some of the best comic series that came out this year, including Invisible Kingdom, Sentient and These Savage Shores. These are in alphabetical order, as I believe all the books, along with their creators and publishers, deserve equal praise. Read below for the full list.
Image Comics – Kieron Gillen, Gillen, Stephanie Hans, Clayton Cowles, Rian Hughes
DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in oversized debut issue—where fantasy gets all too real.
Vault Comics – Ryan O’Sullivan, Andrea Mutti, Vlad Popov, Andworld
The Fearscape is a world beyond our own, populated by manifestations of our worst fears. Once per generation, The Muse travels to Earth, discovers our greatest Storyteller, and takes them with her to the Fearscape to battle these fear-creatures on our behalf. All has been well for eons, until The Muse encounters Henry Henry—a plagiarist with delusions of literary grandeur. Mistaking him for our greatest Storyteller, she ushers him into the Fearscape. Doom follows.
Image Comics – Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart, Steve Wands
The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.
HOUSE OF X / POWERS OF X
Marvel Comics – Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Marte Gracia, David Curiel, Clayton Cowles, Tom Muller
In HOUSE OF X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind — one that will bring mutants out of humankind’s shadow and into the light once more! Meanwhile, POWERS OF X reveals mutantkind’s secret history, changing the way you will look at every X-Men story before and after. But as Xavier sows the seeds of the past, the X-Men’s future blossoms into trouble for all of mutantdom.
Dark Horse Comics – G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward, Sal Cipriano
In a far-flung galaxy’s small solar system, two women–one a young religious acolyte, the other a hard-bitten freighter pilot–uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming megacorporation. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie–and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth.
Image Comics – Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram, Matt Hollingsworth, Aditya Bidikar, Ben Didier
Little Bird tells the story of a young resistance fighter battling against an oppressive American Empire while searching for her own identity in a world on fire. A gorgeously illustrated epic in which one girl risks everything to save her people, their land, and the freedom they so desperately deserve.
DC Comics – Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, Jamal Campbell, Wes Abbott
DC’s biggest, newest mystery starts here! When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi begins to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Follow Naomi’s journey on a quest that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before.
ONCE & FUTURE
BOOM! Studios – Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, Ed Dukeshire
When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.
TKO Studios – Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Walta, Steve Wands
When an attack kills the adults on a colony ship, the on-board A.I. VALERIE must help the ship’s children survive the perils of space. Can Valerie rise to the task?
THESE SAVAGE SHORES
Vault Comics – Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar
Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself. Along These Savage Shores, where the days are scorched and the nights are full of teeth.